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1 Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Tribes Program Amendment Recommendations June 12 Comments NPCC Meeting June 2008 Spokane, Wa

2 CBFWA Vision F&W Priorities Addressed Adequate Funding Regional commitment to mitigation Framework for RM&E Input Output Link regional goals to SBP/Recovery goals Define clear adaptive management framework Define BPA obligations NPCC Fish And Wildlife Program Plan Implement Eva l uate

3 Essential Adaptive Management Linkages Subbasin Objectives StrategiesSpeciesLimiting Factors Trawl and haulReservoirs=poor reproductionHarvest = 5 kg/hectare Subbasin Objectives Regional Objectives Mid-level Bio Obj Establish measurable biologic objectives that define BPAs mitigation obligations

4 ObjectivesStatus Coor RM&E Gap Limiting Factors Threats Strategies Measures Status & Trends Action Effectiveness Targeted Solicitation Anticipated Use of the Linkages

5 Where Should the Program Go from Here? 7 Years of assessment and planning Subbasin Planning Recovery Planning Regional Collaboration for BiOps RME Development (CSMEP, PNAMP, NED, etc.) Status of the Resource Report 2000 Program calls for subbasin level management plans (these were not developed comprehensively during subbasin planning, many have been completed for recovery planning) The Council should build off the 2000 Program and approve specific measures in the form of subbasin management plans and a systemwide implementation plan for RME

6 Develop Implementation Plans The recommendations by the Agencies and Tribes and others provide the material necessary to develop multi-year work plans for each subbasin and systemwide Build off State and Tribal MOAs to complete work plans consisting of measures for each subbasin in the Program The Agencies and Tribes are prepared to work with you to support this effort

7 Disagreement with BPA Resident Fish Mitigation BPA desires to use the Program to direct Fisheries Management; which is contrary to the Power Act BPA does not want to perform resident fish assessments to define FCRPS responsibilities but to rely on Subbasin Plans; which is contrary to BPAs actions for the past three years BPA seeks to account for past resident fish activities without developing a scientific basis; which a resident fish loss assessment would provide BPA seeks to question resident fish projects in basins where a direct link to the FCRPS cannot be made; which is contrary to the Councils Program and the anadromous fish substitution policy

8 Disagreement with BPA Wildlife Mitigation BPA desires to use the Program to mitigate for wildlife impacts in ways that may not be consistent with the current and future plans of the fish and wildlife managers which may contrary to the Power Act BPA desires to move towards a more ecosystem based approach to mitigation which is consistent with the CBFWA recommendations; however, fish mitigation may not always mitigate wildlife losses BPA is interpreting individual acquisition agreements on crediting ratios as acquiescence by the F&W managers to Programmatic crediting ratios which is contrary to the Program and most of the F&W managers policy positions The agencies and tribes did agree with BPA on several issues such as developing templates for management plans and addressing loss assessment irregularities under the HEP model

9 Additional Information Provided by the Agencies and Tribes Streamlined the resident fish section of the adaptive management framework to better support development of implementation plans Initiated an effort to associate the subbasin level anadromous fish objectives with basinwide objectives

10 Summary The 2008 Program should build off 7 years of process initiated by the 2000 Program Focus on implementation Build accountability and transparency through adequate reporting Agencies and Tribes are available to assist

11 Committed to Continue Working OctJanAprJulOct Submit recommen- dations (90 days) Public review NPCC draft amend- ments Public comment; hearings Develop final ammend- ments Findings and responses NPCC Amendment Process BPA Rate Case Development Jan 2009 Informal process Formal process Project Review Process Work with NPCC and BPA to Review Implement Amended Program


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